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Federalism

A Political Theory for Our Time

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Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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A Global Climate Community

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David GRACE

Professor John Pinder has proposed the creation of a Global Climate Community as a practical response to climate change and a step towards world federation1. There is now a branch of political science devoted to examining ideas of cosmopolitan democracy but I must begin with a warning to the academic. Some years ago at a Lothian Foundation Conference in Oxford a young Italian woman presented her doctoral thesis which sought to explain why Federal Union, which flourished and grew dramatically in Britain from 1938 to 1940, then became much less active and influential. Her analysis of the archives led her to the conclusion that Federal Union declined because of doctrinal differences between world federalists and European federalists. Unfortunately for her, at the conference was the author and journalist Richard Mayne who was active in Federal Union in 1940. He told her that the decline in activity was caused by a more immediate priority, the fear and threat of invasion. Our theories must not overlook the simplest of explanations.

The paradigm of actual existing global governance is the United Nations. I attended the UN Conference on Science and Technology for Development in Vienna in 1980, where I witnessed several models, formal and informal, of global dialogue but not much decision-making. First there were the plenary proceedings of the conference where national delegates made formal introductory statements and formal exits from the room when others of whom they disapproved made theirs in turn. We...

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